The tulpa I may have unintentionally created of my character The Rook didn’t show up during our last production in the Rook series of plays (all written, directed, and produced by moi) back in June (unfortunately) but he’s been showing up in lots of places nonetheless. Tired of waiting on myself achieving the level of over-ness (wrestling terminology) sufficient for Funko to approach me with an offer to create a Funko Pop! Figure of The Rook, I decided to custom-make my own. I used a figure from some video game I’ve never played—it may have been Overwatch but I couldn’t say for sure—and made a few minor alterations to achieve a fairly Rook-looking figure. Also, as I sit typing these words, my newest tattoo is still flaking and itching. I got The Rook immortalized on the inside of my right bicep. This latter is one of the most sensitive (to pain) places I’ve ever gotten a tattoo, but I toughed it out. It was worth it for the results.

But back to me olde tulpa. Was it involved, I wonder, in a bit of strangeness I experienced recently? I was sitting at my computer working on the latest in The Rook’s adventures, the script for a new play, when suddenly several drops of water fell onto a stack of paper on top of my desk. I was nowhere near a window. There are no pipes in the ceiling overhead and the ceiling was not at all damp. (I checked.) There was no one else at home and I could not, cannot still, figure out where these water droplets could have come from. The tulpa? I’ve heard of things like rocks and coins, and occasionally raindrops, appearing from nowhere in cases of poltergeist activity. Was my Rook tulpa letting me know it was nearby, and pleased that I was continuing to tell it stories? I don’t know. I just smiled and kept working.

By TheCheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless. Denn die totden reiten schnell!

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